HBRAMA Hot Topics


Governor Proposes Changes to Starter Home Program

Since its enactment in 2016, the amendments to the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Law (G.L. c. 40R) to encourage the production of “starter homes” has failed to live up to its promise.


HBRAMA submit comments on MBTA Zoning Mandate; communities push back

The HBRAMA, with the assistance of Attorney Mark Kablack of Westborough, submitted detailed comments to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) regarding the Draft Guidelines for Creation of Multi-Family Districts.


Unprecedented study on housing and climate begins

After months of discussion, negotiation and fundraising by the HBRAMA, a first of its kind study of the potential impacts of the Department of Energy Resources proposed net zero building code on construction costs and housing affordability in Massachusetts is finally underway.


HBRAMA submits comments on DOER Straw Stretch Energy Code

The HBRAMA submitted its initial comments on the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Proposal for Stretch Code Update and New Specialized Stretch Code released on February 8, 2022. They are concerned that the proposed code will adversely affect housing production and affordability.


HBRAMA Joins Invest in Water Campaign

The HBRAMA recently announced it officially joined the #InvestInWaterMA coalition, adding the home buildings industry’s support for prioritizing critical investments in water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure.


HBRAMA sponsored resolution on Climate and Housing adopted as policy by NAHB

During the International Builders Show HBRAMA members were successful is pushing for the adoption of a resolution titled NAHB Support for Housing and Climate.


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